By FESTUS AHON
UGHELLI— OVER 300 illegal structures and shops were, yesterday, demolished in Ughelli, headquarters of Ughelli North Local Government Area of the state by the Delta State Special Taskforce on Flood Control and Removal of Illegal Structures.
The taskforce, which moved into Ughelli at about 8am with bulldozers, demolished illegal structures on Market Road and also evacuated those trading along the road in the Ughelli main market.
The exercise forced those trading along the road and doing businesses under illegal structures to close shop.
Speaking to newsmen during the demolition exercise, chairman of the taskforce, Mr Frank Omare, said the exercise was part of the state government’s effort to keep the state clean.
Omare, who is also the Commissioner for Environment, said the state government was committed to enforcing its environmental laws.
He said the taskforce was out to check the problem of perennial flooding in the area and vowed that any structure built on natural water way in the area would be demolished.
He added that the exercise was a continuous one and warned against building of illegal structures.
According to him, the essence of the exercise was to check flood and beautify the state.
Omare said that the taskforce will go round the state, explaining that their mandate was to check the building of illegal structures, which according to him, was on the increase and check the problem of flooding in the state.